Record Details

NHER Number:20564
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval retting pit


During a geological pollen survey a hollow was investigated. This contained evidence for Cannabis cultivation in the immediate area. The layer with cannabis pollen in it also contains large flints in a mixture of detritus and mud. The flint was used to weight down bundles of hemp during retting.

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Full description

1983-1984. 'On a river terrace'. Found in geological fieldwork and pollen sampling.
Hollow with Flandrian sequence contains evidence in upper part of Cannabis cultivation in area. Horizon with cannabis pollen also contains large flints in a matrix of detritus and mud. Flint perhaps for weighting down bundles of hemp during retting.
See (S1).
E. B. Green (NCM), 10 July 1984.

Monument Types

  • Retting Pit (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds

  • PLANT REMAINS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SAMPLE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
<S1>Unpublished Document: West, R. (Botany School, Cambridge University). 1984. Pollen Survey. 14 July.

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